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Bloody Valentine February 13, 2007

Posted by Benji in General.
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I apologize for the kind of grotesque timing with Valentine’s and all, but something’s been bothering me the last couple weeks.  Somehow I discovered a very disturbing movement on YouTube of racists and hate-mongers.  Now, I’ve sadly grown used to 13 year-old boys calling videos they don’t like “gay,” but the apparent white power, as well as anti-Semitic, and, separately, anti-Muslim voices in that community really worry me.  I ended up watching a video called “Islam is Peace” (I will not link the video from my blog) which I knew, from the comments as well as the first minute of images, would be deeply disturbing and depressing.  Well, to make a short story shorter, the video grew progressively more violent – to the point of showing people being killed (images burned in my mind).  Now call me conservative, but this is something that doesn’t belong on the internet.  Gross-out sites like Ogrish also bother me, but at least that stuff is well-contained there.  Videos of mutilation have no place on YouTube, even with “adult content” flags.  I’ve complained to their customer service a number of times, both using a rather hidden contact email address as well as their equally-hidden online form.  Only once have I received a response: “We’ve reviewed the video you have brought to our attention, and appropriate measures will be taken.”  The video in question (and, no doubt, others like it) has been posted on YouTube since October of last year!  Why are they dragging their feet?  Here is section of YouTube’s Terms of Service:  “In connection with User Submissions, you further agree that you will not: … (iii) submit material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate.”  And community guidelines: “Here are some common-sense rules that will help you steer clear of trouble: …  Graphic or gratuitous violence is not allowed. If your video shows someone getting hurt, attacked, or humiliated, don’t post it. … YouTube is not a shock site. Don’t post gross-out videos of accidents, dead bodies and stuff like that. This includes war footage if it’s intended to shock or disgust. ”  Well, anyway, it just bothers me that they’re allowing a video that spurns such hatred and misunderstanding of Islam to stay posted.  The same goes for the aforementioned anti-Semitic and anti-minority videos.  It’s quite disturbing.  It’s clearly against their policy, but I wonder if somehow they’re condoning it by failing to remove it…  Here’s to my one man crusade…

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1. Doug - February 14, 2007

Good for you! If I ever find a video like that, I’ll be sure to add my voice to the protest.

2. Benji - February 15, 2007

I received this comment from someone on YouTube. I wonder if this is a subject I should take to the local media and have them investigate. I’m not sure if leaving up videos of radical Islam means YouTube supports it or is holding it up as negative propaganda…

“You may notice that even those that didn’t have “hate mongering” videos were removed from You Tube on the 11th. They leave up the radical Islam videos but suspend anyone who may speak out against it. Some had nothing offensive at all on their channels.”


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